Join us from 4:00 to 4:30 on Saturday, December 26th, for our next "One Expert, Two Wines, Thirty Minutes" tasting of Northern vs Southern Rhône Valley wines with Fran Kysela, MS. Fran was the 18th person in the world to pass the rigorous Master Sommelier exam (one of the first Americans), and he was the 2013 Wine Enthusiast Importer of the Year. This promises to be another amazing tasting with my good friend Fran!
Join us for the tasting here: https://zoom.us/j/94484619977?pwd=S1FYM3pQY1FHMEhqa0pNUklyeHRuZz09
Saturday's tasting will include, in this order
2018 Grand Veneur Côtes du Rhône "les Champauvins," $ 21.99
The Grand Veneur Côtes Du Rhône les Champauvins is made of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre. Intense, brilliant garnet-red color. It reveals lovely fruit, loads of body, and a heady bouquet of ground peppers, raspberries cherry liqueur, currants, and spice box. Full-bodied and dense, it tastes more like a "baby Châteauneuf" than a Côtes du Rhône. A complete wine, rich and elegant, thanks to the harmony of all the elements which make it up. Drink between 1 and 6 years.
Purchase the Côtes du Rhône here:
2018 Johann Michel Cornas, $54.99
The 2018 Cornas is brilliant. Lots of red and blue fruits, smoked earth, graphite, iron, violets, and gamey notes define this full-bodied Cornas. With ample tannins, fabulous balance, and a big finish, it's going to need 4-5 years of bottle age at a minimum yet should drink fabulously well over the following 15 years. 94 points from Jeb Dunnuck.
Purchase the Cornas here:
We hope you will join us each Thursday at 6:30 and on occasional Saturdays at 4:00 for our series of Zoom wine tastings. You can see the complete schedule here: https://sunfishcellars.com/collections/upcoming-tastings